It is believed F1′s 82-year-old chief executive has been charged
Contrary to the latest media speculation, German prosecutors have not yet decided to charge Bernie Ecclestone with bribery.
The German news magazine Focus had claimed the Munich public office had, after a long investigation, finally made the decision to pursue the F1 chief executive officially. Former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who accepted Ecclestone’s millions in alleged bribes, is already in jail.
Ecclestone said he is not planning to step down
Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports that BayernLB – claiming the damages amid the Gerhard Gribkowsky bribery scandal – has asked him to pay $400 million. “I did not respond,” the F1 chief executive, speaking in India, is quoted by the Financial Times.
Contrary to his earlier promise, Bernie Ecclestone in fact did not show up at Hockenheim on Saturday.
David Tremayne wrote in the Independent that the F1 paddock had spent the day playing “where’s Bernie?” The F1 chief executive’s absence – unusual for a European race but not unheard of – heightened speculation he is afraid of being arrested.
McLaren has once again stepped in to prevent Lewis Hamilton from answering a reporter’s question about the Adrian Sutil affair.
At the recent launch of the MP4-27 car, a reporter asked Hamilton about his former friend Sutil’s accusation he is a “coward” for not appearing as a witness at the recent assault trial in Munich. “We’ve been told that Lewis shouldn’t really go there because it (the conviction) might go under appeal,” the spokesman quickly intervened.
Adrian Sutil deserves to keep his formula one race career alive.
That is the claim of Nico Hulkenberg, the driver who is replacing his German compatriot at Force India in 2012. Sutil, 29, has failed so far to secure an alternative seat, and days ago was dealt a further blow with a Munich court convicting him of grievous bodily harm for an assault on Lotus team executive Eric Lux last year.
Adrian Sutil, convicted this week of grievous bodily harm, has angrily slammed his former friend Lewis Hamilton.
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